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Religious motifs : Overview. Search. About religious motifs

See also Fairy, Pixie, Plant spirit


Elf, fairy, popular belief, supernatural

Description of this motif: Fairies are very small, supernatural beings, who usually are attached to nature, as opposed to goblins (pixies), who often live in buildings. Fairies are woodland creatures and correspond to the nymphs and satyrs of Greek myth.


The tales are sorted by year. The leading numbers refer to the number of occurrences of the motif in the respective texts.

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